The tea party made historic gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections and if one Minnesota Republican has her way, the movement may be in line for a high ranking leadership position.
A report at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment website indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will enter the race for Republican Conference Chairman, the fourth most powerful position in the House.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) announced Wednesday that he was stepping down from the position.
“Now that we have restored a Republican majority to the House of Representatives and I have fulfilled my commitment to the Republican conference, my family and I have begun to look to the future,” Pence wrote in a statement.
The GOP Conference Chair is responsible for managing private meetings to elect floor leaders and handles distribution of committee assignments.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), who is close to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and the GOP establishment, has also indicated that he wants to run for the position.
“If Bachmann decides to run, it could mean the first ‘Establishment versus Tea Party’ battle within the GOP Leadership,” NBC’s Luke Russert noted.
“In that battle, it is now unclear who would prevail because it is not known who the newly elected House Republicans would support.”
Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action
Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.
Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.
Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.
Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East
The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.
Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’
The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.
"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"
"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.